The Point and Shoot African road trip

It’s been a while since I’ve properly posted! We’ve been on the road you see and I can comfortably say that I would make an utterly crap travel blogger! Writing and publishing blog posts on the move does not come easy for me. Or more to the point,I struggle to find the time to sit down, edit pics, ponder life and put it into words. Half my holiday would be gone by the time I managed to complete the first paragraph! But bloody hell, I never thought I’d experience such feelings of guilt for not writing! Occasionally I have had internet on this trip and have sneaked a peak at my blog stats and am overcome with shock and surprise that people are still reading my blog regardless of my absence for the last couple months or so. Thank you 🙂

So it’s only right to put you in the loop and fill you in on a bit regarding my absence from the net. While we have been unbelievably happy in Mozambique for the last 6 years – we had a pretty awful experience this last December which you can read about in one of my previous posts, Weathering the Storm.  https://africafarandwide.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/weathering-the-storm/ 

Since then we have been anxious to find a new opportunity in another country. We’ve also taken our annual leave and made the 3 day long car trip back to South Africa, via Zimbabwe, for a wedding and a couple shin dings or two! On top of that, we’ve flown to another country (not telling just yet) and have secured a bright new and exciting future for our family and this blog! More on that coming soon!

Nevertheless, I want to share with you a couple snap shots of this trip. The thing about being an expat is that when you return home for your annual leave, it really is no holiday. My folks own a farm in the Natal Midlands in South Africa and in the 3 weeks that we have been here, I can honestly say that I have spent a total of 3 days chilling on the farm! The rest have been manic days in town renewing passports, doctors appointments and stocking up on everything from face wash to nappies. But regardless of this chaotic trip, my compulsion to record the every day life and to tell its story through photos, sticks with me. I take my camera everywhere. It’s not my smart one – just a little pocket camera that I keep in my hand bag. I have it out when I’m driving all the time. Because an interesting shot always awaits just around the corner.

The following shots are snap shots – ones that I hope will give you some idea of what it is like to be on a road trip with the Ashtons! These are the things we see when we don’t expect to see them!

“The concept of time, as it’s commonly understood by normal
people with normal jobs and normal goddamn lives, doesn’t
exist on the road. The nights spread out like the dark,
godforsaken highways that distinguish them, and the days run
together like Thanksgiving dinner smothered in gravy. You
never really know where you are or what time it is, and the outside
world starts to fade away.
It’s cool.”
― Tiffanie DeBartoloHow to Kill a Rock Star